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AXPONA 2016: Essential Audio goes AudioKinesis, with Resonessence Labs

I’m a fan of Duke LeJeune and his AudioKinesis brand. Brought to AXPONA by Brian Walsh’s Chicago-area based dealership, Essential Audio, I got to see Duke’s latest work — the Bienville Suite. 590 more words

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AXPONA 2016: Endeavor indulges in Audio Alchemy

Audio Alchemy, Peter Madnick’s newest project, showcased here a slightly different flavor of gear than I found (and talked about) in the ELAC room. Here, I found the DMP-1 digital media player ($1795), the DDP-1 DAC/preamp ($1995) with optional power supply ($595) and a pair of DPA-1 mono power amplifiers ($3990/pair). 349 more words

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AXPONA 2016: The Mola Mola Makua – digital control over an analog realm

This is less of a room review, and more a small write-up on an interesting piece of hardware/software I sort of stumbled across at AXPONA in Chicago: … 810 more words

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AXPONA: Tuning in to Channel D

Channel D has become so well-known for its audio software that it’s easy to overlook the fact that the company makes impressive phono preamps as well. 456 more words

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AXPONA 2016: Quintessence Audio, the essence of luxury

One of the things I always look forward to at AXPONA is seeing how Morton Grove, Ill.-based retailer Quintessence Audio Ltd. chooses to outfit its penthouse-suite space at the Westin O’Hare. 559 more words

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AXPONA 2016: Blue Smoke locates Black Box

Usually in the high-end, “blue smoke” is not something you want to hear in the same sentence as “tubes.” Unless, of course, we’re talking about… 201 more words

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AXPONA 2016: Teac has not lost their marbles

It seems some of the fun rooms at audio shows take on a bit of a buffet line quality, where a wide variety of gear is stretched out along the perimeter of the room so a visitor can experience the whole shebang of the line’s offerings, some on static display, some playing music live. 670 more words

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